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The Saudi Ban of Women Competing in the Beijing Olympics By: MEMRI
MEMRI | Thursday, August 07, 2008


The following are screen shots from the new YouTube video by Saudi women's rights activist Wajeha Al-Huwaider [1] titled "No to Women’s Oppression," on the Saudi ban on women competing in the Beijing Olympics. In the video, Wajeha Al-Huwaider writes, "participating in the Olympics is the impossible dream for Saudi women, until they lift the ban on sports for women in public schools and government universities."

Al-Huwaider heads the Society for Defending Women's Rights (saudiwomenvoice.com ).

The video includes Arabic followed by the English translations.

To view the YouTube video, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziAVG4UAwV4 .


Olympics Logo


"Participating in the Olympics is the impossible dream for Saudi women, until they lift the ban on sports for women in public schools and government universities."


"One Moment in Time"


"According to official statistics two-thirds of the Saudi women are suffering from obesity"



Saudi women soccer players


Saudi women soccer players


Saudi women soccer players


Saudi women soccer players


Saudi women soccer players


"Aisha, the wife of the prophet Mohammad (PBOH) practiced all kinds of sports at that time: knightly skills, and horse riding"


No Discrimination in Sport
The Society for Defending Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia
08/08/08


Saudi women soccer players




[1] For more on Wajeha Al-Huwaider check out MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 1710, “Saudi Feminist Wajeha Al-Huwaidar Launches New Campaign: Let Us Drive Cars” September 11, 2007 http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP171007 ; Special Dispatch No. 1604, “Saudi Women's Rights Activist Wajeha Al-Huwaidar: For Saudi Women, Every Day Is a Battle,” June 1, 2007 http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP160407 ; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 1479, In a Satirical Poem, Saudi Author Laments Conditions in the Arab World, February 28, 2007 http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP147907 .




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